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North Syracuse: School board, budget vote May 20

Next Tuesday, May 20, residents of the North Syracuse Central School District will go to the polls to choose three board members from four candidates and to decide on a $137 million budget. In order to assist them in that endeavor, here are brief bios of the candidates as well as a breakdown of the budget proposal. For the candidates' full answers, visit cnylink.com.

Budget breakdown

2008-09 budget: $137,143,228

Tax rate increase: 2.99 percent

Of the total budget:

75.9 percent ($104,036,295) goes to instructional programs and transportation.

16.6 percent ($22,712,757) goes to capital projects, maintenance and operation.

7.5 percent ($10,394,176) goes to administration.

Bus replacement referendum (Proposition No. 2)

The district is also asking residents to vote on a bus replacement referendum in the amount of $1,087,489 to be taken from the district's capital reserve fund. That money will purchase 12 buses.

Judy Sydney-Paduano candidate info

Biographical information:

I am employed as an administrative assistant at Hancock and Estabrook Law Firm. I have four adult children -- Michele, Lisa, Douglas and Michael that attended Bear Road Elementary, Roxboro and North Syracuse High School; Michele and Lisa graduated from North Syracuse High School in 1979 and in 1982. Douglas and Michael graduated from Cicero-North Syracuse High School. Douglas was the first class President of C-NS High School when North Syracuse High School and Cicero High School were joined as one high school in the fall of 1983. His class was 1984 and Michael in 1990. Michael was in special education from age 5 to age 21. Michele has a position as legal assistant to a law firm in Syracuse; Lisa attended Niagara University and held a position with the Ryder Corporation for over 15 years until she married and started a family and is a stay-at-home mom; Douglas attended Onondaga Community College after graduation and passed away in 1986 after a six-year battle with liver cancer.

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